Ajax technical director Gerry Hamstra has said he is doing everything he can to convince Manchester United managerial target Erik ten Hag to stay at the club.
Ten Hag is close to finalizing a deal to move to United, with sources telling ESPN that official confirmation of the Dutchman’s appointment could come as early as the end of April.
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Hamstra, who is Ajax’s most senior technical manager after Marc Overmars resigned earlier this year, said the club are now preparing for him to stay and go.
“There is interest in Erik ten Hag, that’s normal. He did fantastic things,” Hamstra said ahead of Ajax’s 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Nations Cup final -Low.
“We hope he stays. We have to stick to the facts, he’s not gone yet. He’s still focused on Ajax, so are we.
“We did everything we could [to keep him at Ajax]. We were very busy with that. He reacted by focusing on Ajax now. Now we are preparing for two scenarios, Ten Hag could stay or go.”
The cup final was the third time Ajax and PSV have met this season, with the two sides locked in a tight title chase in the Dutch Eredivisie, and PSV denied the Amsterdam side his third straight Cup title under Ten Hag.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Guus Hiddink says Ten Hag could be a success at United if given the time.
“The big clubs you dive into,” Hiddink told ESPN NL. “It’s important for Ten Hag to get the support and the time he needs for all the work that needs to be done.
“It’s important. I don’t believe in ‘risk of injury’ as a coach. In a coaching career, you fall once, twice, three times. Then you get back up.”